I wrote a speech. I've taught classes for years, bent the minds of hundreds of young people if not to my will then to some crude understanding of the curriculum, but it's been a very long time since I have ever been required to deliver a formal speech. Maybe my wedding, back in 1066 (somewhere near the Battle Of Agincourt, if memory serves).
I have to speak officially on behalf of The City. Fortunately, I know the subject well: public art. Time will tell if the speech is accepted or if I will be run out of town like a common pygmy.